Americas: 3M Food Safety launches 48hr yeast and mold indicator test

3M Food Safety has launched worldwide the 3M Petrifilm Rapid Yeast and Mold Count Plate, an indicator test that helps detect yeasts and molds in 48 hours, which is reportedly faster than conventional agar methods. Additionally, this new plate offers food processors a simplified solution for inoculation along with an easy, consistent way to interpret and enumerate colonies. Conventional agar testing...

Americas: DuPont Sustainable Solutions launches food safety training series

Solutions DuPont Sustainable Solutions has launched a new food safety series consisting of 10 safety training courses that present an up-to-date look at the various aspects of food safety, from hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCPs) and sanitation standard operating procedures (SSOPs) to sanitation, hygiene and facility security. The series include: -       Food Safety: An Introduction, which describes major food...

Asia Pacific: Thailand hosts summit for partnership on food security

The Aid and International Development Forum (AIDF) Food Security Summit – Asia 2013 was held at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand on November 26 and 27. The event attracted more than 200 hundred delegates from 20 countries, where they can discuss issues and collaborate on areas surrounding food security, including nutrition and agriculture. Representing the Ministry of Environment for Cambodia,...

Americas: Thermo Scientific unveils Xpert C600 x-ray system for large food packages

The Thermo Scientific Xpert C600 X-ray system has a 50% larger aperture and wider X-ray beam than that found on the previously-launched Thermo Scientific C400m, says the company. The 22-inch wide by 10-inch tall aperture enables larger food products that do not fit through standard X-ray machines to be examined for contaminants or inspected for missing or damaged pieces. Products include...

World: Safety testing shifts to 3rd party contract testing laboratories

According to a new market report from Strategic Consulting, Inc. (SCI), food companies around the world increasingly rely on third party contract testing laboratories for their food quality and safety testing. In 2013, worldwide revenue for food contract testing laboratories will exceed $3 billion, with a compound annual growth rate of 9.4%. With the volume of food testing conducted at contract...

Europe: TUV SUD set to report €2B in revenue, hires 1,200 staff in 2013

TUV SUD has employed 20,000 staff worldwide at the end of 2013, including 1,200 new hires. "Since 2005, we have created at least 1,000 new jobs every year," said Dr Axel Stepken, chairman of the Board of Management of TUV SUD AG. The only exception was 2009, the year of the financial crisis, when the international services company created only 300...

Asia Pacific: A2C launches a2 Platinum infant formula in China

A2 Corporation (A2C) and its China distributor partner China State Farm Holding Shanghai Company (CSF) launched the a2 Platinum infant formula in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People in Tiananmen Square on October 30, 2013. “The launch was the start of another exciting new chapter for A2C and a2 brand products. A2C owns and commercializes a portfolio of intellectual property...

Europe: Roquette receives favorable opinion from EFSA

Roquette has received a favorable opinion from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) concerning a 13.5 health claim, which relates to the company’s NUTRIOSE fiber, a non-fermentable carbohydrate in the buccal cavity and the maintenance of tooth mineralization. The company says this first claim application success is positive confirmation in particular of EFSA’s recognition of the quality and scientific rigor...

Europe: Kudos Blends introduces SALP replacer at FiE 2013

Kudos Blends launched its KUDOS sodium aluminum phosphate (SALP) Replacer at Food Ingredients Europe (FiE) 2013 in November in Frankfurt, Germany. The company says with the SALP ban across Europe fast approaching in February 2014, it saw a lot of interest in their new product, with many hoping KUDOS SALP Replacer would be the answer to their problems. Kudos was also...

Europe: Food ingredients Europe takes ingredients industry to 2020, says organizer

In Frankfurt, Germany from November 19 to 21, 2013, Food ingredients (Fi) Europe welcomed close to 25,000 attendees, with 80% of visitors who are buyers. The show provided a platform for exhibitors to share new processes and technologies, industry trends, consumer needs, cost reduction, food safety, traceability and sustainability. The events held during the show period include the Fi Europe Excellence...